Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership Major — Communication Specialization

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 18 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 8.54 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:6857 Duration:48 months

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Student Learning Outcomes
  • Upon completion of the Agricultural Communication Specialization of the Agricultural Education, Communication, and Leadership Major, students will:
  • Have introductory knowledge of animal science, agronomy, and agri-business.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of journalism and mass communication.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communications skills
  • Be prepared for a career related to agribusiness communication.
  • Locate and evaluate information to support communication
  • Have sufficient core competencies for effective lifetime learning.
  • Have a broad understanding of global challenges and issues related to food systems and agriculture and the ability to communicate these topics to the public
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and decision making skills.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline June for Fall semester; November for Spring semester Tuition fee
  • USD 18044 Year (EEA)
  • USD 8539 Year (National)
Start date January,September 2015 Credits 120
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode Blended Educational variant Full-time Structure Semi-structured Student interaction Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments Attendance Regular mandatory meetings Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Major Requirements: 43-44
  • Leadership in Context Credits: 3
  • Introduction to Animal Science and Lab Credits: 3
  • Information Gathering Credits: 2
  • Basic Newswriting and Studio (COM) Credits: 3
  • Introduction to Digital Media and Lab Credits: 3
  • Basic Photography and Studio (COM) Credits: 2
  • News Editing and Editing Lab(COM) Credits: 3
  • Advertising Principles Credits: 3
  • Media Law (COM) Credits: 3
  • Survey of Physics and Lab * (COM) Credits: 4
  • Crop Production and Lab Credits: 3
  • Public Speaking (COM) * Credits: 3
  • or Organizational Communication (COM) Credits: 3
  • Magazine Writing and Editing (AW) Credits or
  • Public Affairs Reporting and Studio (COM) (AW) Credits: 3
Capstone Requirements:
Choose one of the following:
  • Integrated Natural Resource Management and Lab (AW) Credits: 3
  • Farming and Food Systems Economics Credits: 3
  • Agricultural Finance Credits: 3
  • Cow/Calf Management and Lab Credits: 3
  • Feedlot Operations and Management Credits: 3
  • Sheep and Wool Production and Lab Credits: 3
  • Swine Production and Lab Credits: 3
  • Design Management Experience and Lab Credits: 3
  • Agricultural Waste Management (AW) Credits: 3
  • Dairy Farm Management and Lab Credits: 4
  • Crop Management with Precision Farming and Lab Credits: 3
  • Advanced Integrated Ranch Management and Lab Credits: 3

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 5.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61

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  • Applicants should have an above average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" average (2.60 out of 4.00), or be in the top 60% of their class with suitable academic preparation for the intended major.
  • The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), while not required, is encouraged and strongly recommended for freshman applicants. Students who graduated from U.S. high schools must submit an SAT score.
  • Academic Transcripts need to be originals or official certified true copies. If your transcripts are not in English, certified true translations must be attached. All upper secondary school-level work need to be demonstrated through your transcripts. It is common for applicants to submit transcripts prior to completion of their final year of secondary school. If you must submit transcripts prior to completion, please indicate your expected graduation date.
  • Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Technological Requirements

    Students are encouraged to purchase a Macintosh laptop and software appropriate for the discipline.

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